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I am thrilled with this banjo. Being a clawhammer player who likes to delve into "Progressive Clawhammer", I find this instrument delivers the punch I was looking for. If you're into "Clawgrass" playing this banjo is perfect. ...it really sings. Don't expect an "Old Timey" sound from this guy since that's not it's niche. The Deering tone ring used in this instrument is well conceived and delivers. The action is a slight bit high for my tastes so I'll have to adjust it probably with a lower bridge. It comes with light strings which aren't my preference so I changed them over to medium gauge. Deering has finally provided an affordable, professional level banjo with the Eagle II even though it isn't listed as such on their website. It has it's own tab but closely resembles the Sierra which is listed as professional. I didn't try a Sierra just went after the Eagle II. Banjo Studio is a class act and is a great source if you are looking for a great banjo. Set up was well done except for the action which is a personal choice and wasn't communicated by me at time of purchase.
The banjo sounded and played very good right out of the box, but I wanted to play it awhile before I gave you my opinion. I put Daddario J-69 light strings and a 11/16 bridge on the Deering and lemon oil on the fingerboard. I also loosened the head about 1/4 turn all the way around and the banjo came alive, and sounds great. I play it at Jam Sessions , Church and Nursing homes and I am very satisfied with this banjo. The workmanship is excellent with beautiful inlays and a smooth neck. The frets were done with great care and are very smooth. I play 3- finger style and although you don't have the volume of a banjo with a resonator I feel I am surrounded I sound, and enjoy playing openback banjos. I would recommend this banjo to anyone, and the price was reasonable. Sincerely Dan Ryder
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